The American Idol judges were wowed by Aliana’s performance. After saying that she probably couldn’t perform the song as well as Aliana did, Katy Perry said Aliana put so much passion into it and gave it incredible dynamics. But Katy liked Aliana to lean in a little bit more because she knows Aliana can. Katy said she’s glad Aliana chose the song and admitted she got “goosebumps”.
Luke Bryan said the same thing happened to him. From the moment Aliana started singing, he got chill bumps, and concluded with “Great job, I loved it.”
Lionel Richie said that not too many people can pull off a Whitney Houston song and turn it into “your own song”. He continued, “Honestly, I almost forgot at one point about Whitney and just started watching your performance.” Lionel said he’s so proud of Aliana and that she did a great job.
Episode title: “Top 20 Sing For America”
Contestant number: 7
Song: “Run to You” by Whitney Houston
Aliana Jester performs Whitney Houston classic – American Idol 2020
American Idol 2020 – Top 20 Performances
“Run to You” is the fourth single released from Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album. The song peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 10 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.
Voting results as to who among the Top 20 contenders will be part of American Idol Top 10, will be made known on May 3, 2020.
American Idol Season 18 premiered at 8PM, February 16, 2020 on ABC television and airs Sundays at 8/7c. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, filming of American Idol was temporarily suspended and contestants were sent home. Production resumed in late April, with all of the contestants performing from their homes.
Ryan Seacrest continues his role as the show’s host and Bobby Bones returns as the in-house mentor. Despite budget cuts, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie come back as judges for their third season of the series.
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